SM East debaters punch ticket to national tournament

Photo via SMSD website.
Photo via SMSD website.
Four SM East debaters will be representing East Kansas in the 2015 National Scholastic Debate Tournament in Dallas next June.

The team of Henry Walter and Ali Dastjerdi won the NSDA district debate tournament in Lansing, Kan., last weekend. Their classmates Spencer Mitchell and Will Bledsoe took second place. With their placement in the Lansing tournament, the SM East teams earned the right to fill two of the three spaces from the East Kansas district in the national tournament.

The topic for this year’s debates is the expansion of exploration of the Earth’s oceans.